Oldie But Goodie: “King & I” editorial from Lucky Magazine

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I was flipping through my collection of old Lucky magazines, and I came across this spread, “The King & I” styled by Jennifer Hitzges and photographed by Tierney Gearon. I’m not sure what issue it is from exactly, but I think it’s from 2013. It was such good styling I just had to share some scans.

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The description of this editorial was “Mix ladylike pieces with stark prints, a few retro details and maybe just a hint of Elvis.” Oh Lucky, you were so, so good.

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In the one above, it’s hard to tell from the scan, but she is wearing sparkly silver boots! Also, if you like this look, I definitely recommend this dress by She Loves Dresses.

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Current Style Inspiration Board: June 2016

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I love Pinterest and all, but when it comes to getting dressed in the morning, I want to see my current style inspiration without logging in to anything.

Enter my good old fashioned cork board, which I update whenever I need new inspiration. Here, I’ve pulled inspiration from the late and great Lucky and Teen Vogue before it sucked.

Here’s what I’m into this month:

  • soft colours and pastels punctuated by flashy jewellery (see the two images on the bottom right). I love the idea of having a light-coloured shirt contrasted with bronze-age-style necklaces, or lady-like pastels with glitzy, Vegas-inspired baubles
  • Jewel tones mixed in with brighter, summery shades or simple tshirts (see top middle, top right). Why not wear an eggplant skirt with a white tshirt and black vest like the Kstew ensemble?
  • Office-appropriate staples rethought with bright colours or textures (ex, an orange pencil skirt, metallic loafers, etc)

Random Style Inspiration: Imogen Poots in Flare March 2014

I was going through my stack of old Flare magazines, and paused when I saw the Imogen Poots cover story for their March 2014 story. I loved the dress she is wearing on the cover (so fresh! so fun! so perfectly on-trend still even for a two-year-old magazine), and flipped to the interview.

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Styled by Tiyana Grulovic and shot by Jason Kim, the whole shoot was totally inspired. I would wear every look still, and wish I had all the clothes in my closet.

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I loved the colour, the prints, the white shoes that worked with everything, and the sharp accessories.

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It’s exactly the look I want for spring/summer: polished but not stuffy, bright but not obnoxious, ladylike but cheeky. I just had to share it all here for some quick style inspiration–well done, Flare!

Music x Style: Jessica Rylan in Pink Noises

I recently just finished reading Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound by Tara Rodgers. I’m not super-into electronic music, but I love reading music writing and journalism by women.

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Above: image found here.

The book was composed of interviews split into six different sections including “Nature and Synthetics” and “Alone/Together”. I thought it was excellent, and though I was not familiar with most of the musicians interviewed, I was fascinated by their creative process and interaction with their craft. Definitely a must-read for any creative.

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Fashion-wise, I was totally inspired by the simple photograph of Jessica Rylan on the cover. Rylan is an artist and performer, and invents her own electronic music instruments–doesn’t get much cooler than that.

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The photograph on the cover is taken from the same performance as the one above, and I just thought she looked so cool. I love what appears to be a super-dark purple tweed flecked with colour, and rose blouse. The silver chain bracelet is simple (no doubt to not interfere with her performance) but just enough to make an impression. Here is a super-simple riff on her outfit below.

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The Surprising Source of Spring’s Best Fashion Editorial

As you might know by now, I read a lot of fashion magazines. So you might be just as surprised as me when I discovered the best fashion editorial I’ve seen so far in the spring issues is from Canadian Living of all places! Canadian Living isn’t even a fashion magazine, it’s a lifestyle/cooking magazine with a sliver of fashion in the front every issue.

Here’s why the fashion editorial called, “Basic Instinct” impressed me:

  1. The styling (by Julia McEwen) was just really good, and I actually picked up several styling ideas (noted below)
  2. I loved that they booked Aluad Anei to model. Not only is she a woman of colour, she has very dark skin, which is super important. Learn more about combatting colorism in fashion here (link sometimes NSFW)
  3. The photography is by a woman (Genviève Charbonneau)
  4. All of the items the model was wearing can be purchased in Canada

I have lovingly scanned all the pics for you to enjoy below.

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Above: I love those earrings. Also, note the coat with the short sleeves. We’ve also got a collared shirt happening, and an asymmetrical skirt hem.

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Above: Grey bottoms, white top–very simple, but punctuated with a hat, killer lipstick, and just the right accessories.

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Above: I’m all about mixing prints, and I love this fresh take on the combo–mixing two black and white prints, then throwing in one more print on a small scale (i.e., the shoes), and breaking it all up with one bold colour.

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Below: I LOVE this look–the earrings, the bow, the unique silhouette on the shirt… *spends all morning trying to tie a skinny black scarf into an appropriate bow*

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